NFL stars Odell Beckham, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson played in Week 10 – here’s how many people watched the games

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  • The NFL brought a trio of star players back to the field for their Week 10 matchup, and this helped boost ratings.
  • Aaron Rodgers leads the Green Bay Packers to victory in his return after testing positive for Covid. The Packers defeated the Seattle Seahawks, who also returned star quarterback Russell Wilson.
  • Wide receiver Odell Beckham made his debut with the Los Angeles Rams for ESPN’s Monday Night Football package, but the Rams lost to the San Francisco 49ers.

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The National Football League returned three of its most prominent star players for Week 10, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and their games attracted strong viewership for one of the league’s media partners. .

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ViacomCBS aired the national window for Sunday’s Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks competition, and Disney-owned ESPN introduced Beckham’s Los Angeles Rams for its Monday Night Football package.

CBS said its playing average 22.7 million viewers, helping the network average 17.3 million viewers this season.

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Rodgers led the Packers to a 17–0 win over the Seahawks, who were closed for the first time in Wilson’s career. The Seahawks star also returned to the field after missing the last three games due to a hand injury.

Rodgers returned to the field for the first time since Week 8 after testing positive for Covid. The NFL fined him $14,650 for attending a Halloween party without a mask. The Packers quarterback covered 292 yards and threw one interception against the Seahawks, while Wilson completed 40 of 20 passes, 161 yards, and two interceptions.

The last time the Seahawks took off was when in september 2011 Against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That season, the Seahawks introduced quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

The game marks CBS Sports’ second strongest NFL competition this year, with the Dallas Cowboys winning over the New England Patriots in Week 6. That game averaged 23.2 million viewers, making it the most-watched national game for the network since 2015.

But the highest-rated NFL game for the 2021 season is Tom Brady’s return to New England in Week 4, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Patriots. The contest averaged 28.5 million viewers on the NBC Sports platform.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s broadcast on Monday had hype with Beckham returning to the field. He signed a one-year deal with the Rams after his fall with the Cleveland Browns.

The San Francisco 49ers, however, spoiled Beckham’s start. The 49ers defeated Ram 31-10. Beckham was shot three times and caught two passes for 18 yards.

On Wednesday, ESPN said the sports average 12.3 million viewers on all its platforms.

Through Week 10, ESPN also noted its average 13.4 million viewers for the MNF franchise this season. This is an increase of 15% from the 2020 season and 7% compared to the 2019 NFL season.

The Rams fell to 7-3 this season and a bye week drew to a close. The team returns in Week 12 to play Rodgers and the Packers.

Disclosure: NBC and CNBC are both owned by NBCUniversal.


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